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Lindemans Faro Lambic - Brouwerij Lindemans

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 40
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Faro |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

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Photo of washburnkid
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Two fingers off-white frothy cap. The beer is active and bubbly, with mostly light brown hues. Frothy retention and nice lacing.

S: Aromas are sour, dirty, and almost skunky. The sourness is citrusy and earthy. That always makes my mouth water.

T: First sip is candied fruity sugary sweetness. WOW...so sweet. It's liquid sugar! Middle of the sip reveals bitterness, and it immediately gives way to the sweet aftertastes. Citrus and honey are in there too. Very earthy, and a little bit of cherry.

M: Light but the residuals would leave me to believe I just pumped syrup in my mouth. Good carbonation, as is expected.

D: Very sweet, but enjoyable. I'd drink this again, but not more than one small bottle at a time.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is vinegary sour, moderately acidic, with secondary floral/fruity tones. Smells quite good.

Pours dark apple juice color, clear, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Moderate sweetness pairs with the stiff vinegar to provide a nice balance. Moderately malty. Dry floral and dried fruit potpourri. General fruitiness like apple juice. Finishes slightly dry/tart. Tastes pretty good. Feels good.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pale and thin appearance with head that quickly disappears
S- smells pretty much just like funk... not very complex or pleasing
T- tasts sweet and funky... syrupy sweetness that underlies it all
M- Drinks very easily other than being syrupy
D- a bit of a sipper

Photo of BeanBone
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A somewhat hazy copper-orange body capped by a finger of whitish head that fades rather quickly and leaves only patchy lacing.

Aroma: A mix of musty and tart notes over a sweet malt body--typical Lindemans fare.

Flavor: Up front is a sweet brown sugar body that can be a little cloying at times. The tartness becomes much more of a subservient component here, and keeps the sugar from running away from the show here. There seems to be none of the musty funk left. Decent tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little syrupy with medium carbonation. Dries just a hint in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable if you're not put off by the sweetness.

Verdict: This is another of the syrupy-sweet Lindemans Lambics and can be reminiscent of a soda at times, though the sweetness is more appropriate here in a Faro. While I'm a fan of this dynamic, ff you don't like their other Lambics you probably won't find anything to like here.

Photo of ludachris
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed polished copper body. Two fingers of creamy off-white head displays great retention. Spotty lace is left behind. Bits of sediment stay nearly still in the body, taking away from the clarity.

Dry, hay-like and acetic on the nose. Tart white grape skins add to the vinous quality. The candi sugar comes through in the form of sweet bread, almost syrupy in nature, and does well at keeping the sourness in check.

The sweetness from the candi sugar is apparent from beginning to end. Syrupy in nature but not over-stated. Black currant juice and blackberries are how I'd describe it. A soft sourness appears at the front quickly before fading away and coming back towards the finish with a slightly astringent note. Drying qualities in the finish as well as soft bready notes.

The body is light with a lively carbonated character. Highly refreshing with its dryness accentuating this feature.

This marks my first Faro and it's left me satisfied. Simple, well balanced, refreshing, and very easy to drink. This seems like something I'd need to be in the mood for, and tonight I was.

Photo of atr2605
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a orange/amber/light rust color with an off white head with above average retention
S-raspberry,caramel, sour yeast
T-honey, strawberry/raspberry, followed by a sour bitterness
M-light-medium bodied
O-Really interesting lambic. I like this alot better than the other lindeman's lambics. Still has alot of sweetness but is much more balanced on the finish.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ML bottle... Poured into tulip.

A clear, brownish-red hinted gold color. Minimal head and lacing.

Smells of thick, unrefined sugar, tart cherries, slight vinegar, earthy oakiness, and a little grape-like quality...

Taste starts really sweet-- sugar in the raw, molasses, sweet fruitines... Then an earthy and oaky note comes in with a little dry funky hay... Never quite dries out enough for my taste-- but the beer's drinkability doesn't suffer much for it. Very easy to drink, and rather enjoyable. Nice tartness.

The body is medium-light with low carbonation. Feels slightly oily, but mostly from the thick sugar.

This is really worth a try-- even if you pick it up just to bring it to a Christmas party-- this is worth a pour for yourself. This seems like it would be enjoyed by most people, craft fans or not. I look forward to trying more Faro beers.

Photo of geryeb624
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle received as a extra from Exiled. Thanks a bunch man!

A- Pours an orange-tinted brown with a finger and a half of white head. Leaves some pretty nice lacing.

S- Some tart yeasty funk with some grassy notes and some lemony citrus. Reminds me of other Lindeman's products I've had.

T- Starts with a slight tartness before the candi sugar takes over. Very sugary sweetness plays with the malt and yeast throughout. I like it, but definitely could get cloying.

M/D- Smooth and fizzy mouthfeel makes this go down pretty easy, but the sweetness gets to be a bit much eventually.

My first Faro, and I'm glad to have tried it. A very unique style, I've never tasted a beer where sugar takes such a prominent role. Works fairly well with the tartness of the lambic. I'd say its worth a try.

Photo of AdamNowek
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of homebrew311
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Lindeman's flute.

A: appears a deep golden color, nice clarity, thin white head, some retention, not much lacing

S: the nose features some fruity notes of white grapes along with some tart notes that hint at vinegar, there is a little bit of funk in there along with a sweet finish

T: the taste surprised me as there is a considerable sweetness on the front, as it sits on the palate, it becomes incredibly tart and finishes with a little farmhouse flavor. This has a nice interplay of sweet and sour, very nice.

MF: thin body, high carbonation, crisp

D: this is a great product from Lindeman's, I wish there was a little more tartness to offset the sweetness, but overall it is quite tasty and refreshing

Photo of Arbitrator
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Académie De La Bière in Paris.

I'm not familiar with the Faro style, which is why I tried this. I'm going by the style description in scoring this. It seems to have hit all the major points: it's sweet and light.

A: The body is a light golden-amber blend with active carbonation up the center. The head has receded by the time the beer reaches me, but it's survived by a moderate collar on the brew as well as some scattered bubbles on the surface.

S: Tangy candi sugar, caramel, green apples. A hint of pepper and orange. Really just smells like candy, as a whole.

T: And tastes like it, too. Sweet, sugary candi-flavor up front. The mid-taste sees an evolution of apple and caramel, with a light berry aroma, but the finish is again just candi, candi, candi.

M: Light-bodied, carbonation is soft on the tongue. Syrupy, but it's light enough (and cleansing enough) that it doesn't get sticky and cloying.

D: One glass was enough. It's not really a dessert sipper, and it's not really appropriate to start a meal. I'm not sure where I'd fit it into a drinking order. Maybe if you had a small child who likes sweet things? Children like candy, don't they? There we go... Faro = beer for children.

Photo of Wadsey
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lindeman's Faro

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours sunset orange with a minimal head that shows little retention. Medium effervescence. 

S: Light sour and musty notes. Actually, the mustiness was pungent at first, but that softens as the beer opens up. Some fruitiness, which ranges from artificial to natural. Subtle wood. 
 
T:  Yes, there is the sweetness, which is sugary like a pop. Then comes a mild sourness, along with some intense, concentrated fruit notes of apple, berry and grape. The flavor fades away. Residual fruit and sweetness comprise finish. 

M: Light but syrupy body and medium carbonation, which effectively lifts the body. Reminds me of a sparkling grape juice. 

O: I'm reasonably sure this is not a particularly faithful representation of a Faro. I would liken Lindeman's Faro to the fruit ales in New Glarus' portfolio, a comparison that works in its favor. If it were more available and a bit cheaper, this beer could become a guilty pleasure. Plus, the wife loves it. 

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jandadeboer
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Faro is a unique Lambic. I always enjoy learning and trying Lambics, as they are (usually) naturally firmented. Faro is much sweeter than Gueuze. If you like sweet, I would stick with a Kriek or Framboise. If you don't like sweet beers, then go with the Gueuze.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of thewolf: Poureda hazy orange color lambic with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of sweet notes courtesy of the candi sugar with some light sour traces and some light tart notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet notes with light sour and tart notes. Light filtration with some great carbonation provide an easily enjoyable beer that would be even better in my backyard during a hot summer afternoon.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, and light tawny amber with some orange and red hues. Very thin light beige head with little retention and no lacing left over.

S - Funky, tart and sour make up most of the smell. Also has a bit of a sweet smell in the background. Reminds me a bit of an Oud Bruin only sweeter, the combination of the sour/tart and the funk.

T - Starts out with sour apple and lemon as well as tart cherry and raspberry taste. Then, quickly, the sweetness comes into play along with those taste. It goes from being a sour/tart beer to something more like a cider or a strong fruit juice. The sweetness also brings a bit more of a strawberry taste out. There is a slight funky background, but the yeast flavors are well covered.

M - Medium to light body with low carbonation. Slight puckering with a mouthwatering finish. Also a bit sticky/coating in the mouth.

D - Quite drinkable. Provides some tart and sour flavors, but they are very strong due to the sweetness. That sweetness and the coating mouthfeel might prevent drinkability, depending on your mood.

Notes: Pretty good beer. A little too sweet, especially with the coating/sticky feel, for me. However if I were in the mood for something sour and tart but didn't want it to be too sour and tart, this would really fit the bill. Nice mouthwatering and refreshing cycle goes with this. Not a bad beer, and definitely worth trying, and has a niche it fills. Also may be a good way to start people off on sours, since the sugar makes the sour taste less powerful.

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass, at around 50 degrees F. The bottle had a cap, then a cork that had to be withdrawn with a corkscrew.

A: I poured a dark amber somewhat turgid liquor with very tiny bubbles into my glass. It formed a nice, smallish white head that left a light cap. Decent lacing followed the beer down the glass.

S: A strong farmhouse aroma was quite evident, masking a green apple scent with some sweetness on the nose.

T: Apple, pear and a note of honey are forward on the palate, followed by a spiciness leading to a very dry finish. The beer is a study in contrast; it is quite sweet at first, but finishes dry and crisp, seeming really to clean the palate. Also, while sweet, it is simultaneously a bit sour. In many ways it is reminiscent of a dry Normandy cider.

M: The beer is quite light on the tongue, and seems to be very spritzy.

D: Despite being rather complex, the beer is also refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: This is my first foray into this style, so I cannot compare this to others nor can I rate it on its adherence to style. Standing on its own, I find it to be a very compelling break from the ordinary.

Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, acidity, citrus, and slight hop. Fits the style of a Faro. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, tart malt, acidity, citrus, general sweetness. Overall, a good sweetened Lambic.

Photo of Floydster
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25 cl bottle purchased from Beer Mania for about two euros, drank tonight in my Rader snifter, my bottle said 4.2% ABV

A-Darker golden orange color with some red tones, 1/2 inch off white creamy head that lasted a little over five minutes, minimal lacing
S-Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, sugar, sweetness, mild tart, candy, watermelon, and honey
T-Lots of berries, very sweet in the middle with more fruit than malt, berry flavors were everywhere, even more fruit in the finish and more cloyingly sweet with barely any tartiness, goes from sweet to syrupy as it warms and has a bit of a cought medicine feel towards the end, preferred this served cooler and not as thick feeling, still interesting and complex with sweetness
M-Syrupy, sweet, fruity, and thick mouthfeel, low carbonation after the head settles, pretty full bodied for a lambic, taste lingers a long time considering how low in alcohol it is
D-Could not drink much of this, not much alcohol but the sweetness gets to you, syrupy and filling, this serving size was just right in my opinion,, keeps you coming back for more though because you get different tastes each time

One of Lindeman's better beers in my opinion, definitely interesting with lots of different berry flavors, could not really put my finger on which ones they were which was intriguing, first experience with a faro and it was not a bad one, would drink this stuff again and look forward to trying more of this style to compare this to, recommended

Photo of flannelman808
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark muddy pond water with a truly bazar space nebula star cloud nursery of yeasty sediment hangs in the center. Lots of sediment to go with it. decent head forms which is light tan in color yet disappears fairly quick.

S: Baked red and green apples, apple cider, green table grapes, cane sugar.

T: The extremely dominating cidery quality of this beer takes over. It even has the tannic mouthfeel of hard cider. Slightly acidic with an evening sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. Caramalized apples and fresh linger on the palate for some time as well as a touch of brown sugar and alcohol. Kind of wild stuff.

M: Hard apple cider

O: This is interesting stuff though I find it pretty one dimensional. I admittedly have not tried any Faro's and will try to do so soon.

Photo of tatterdash
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep golden amber with a huge fluffy white head that laces well. Aroma of pear, green apple citrus and hint of lambic funk and sourness. Taste was a sweet front followed by some lambic tartness poking it's way through the sweetness. Finish was refreshingly crisp. Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly sticky. A good refreshing beer, but I prefer unsweetened lambics as a rule.

Photo of HabiMendes
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This amber-looking beer brings a slight (yes, slight) acidity in the aroma, together with apples, pears, barnyard ideas, cinnamon, and sugar/honey. The light body has a medium-high carbonation, and the aftertaste is short, malty (wheaty) and sweet - perhaps too sweet. Didn't impress me: doesn't have the complexity of the Gueuzes, or the expressiveness of the Flanders Sour Ales.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to copper color with a white head. In the aroma, white grape and sweet tea. In the taste, white grape and lemon sweet tea. A sugary/ sour bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a clean to small sugary sourness in the aftertaste. A sourness blended nice with a sweet tea like body. Not too bad.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear and a darker amber. Nose is like a syrup kind of thing. Flavor is basically like a sweetened beer (which it is.) Fruity tones are mixed in. Mild earthy tones barely show up before being taken over by the sugars again. Feel is slick on liquid and the carbonation is a bit full. It's sweet, but this is very easy to drink.

Photo of STEG
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber hue in color, off white fine bubbled head gloppy lacing as the beer goes bye bye.

Smell is sweetly acetic, like sweet red wine vinegar. Some brown sugar and light black pepper notes as well.

Taste is relatively different than the smell Very sweet throughout most of the palate progression with some light notes of that red wine vinegar smell cropping up towards the finish. It's oddly candy like until the finish.

Mouthfeel starts a bit airy in nature and progresses to a slightly slick middle with a mild carbonation throughout.

Overall not too bad. I would like to try more of the style before making any further judgements in this category. It's a bit too sweet for my liking and a bit odd in the smell and taste category but I hear that's fit to style.

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